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UNITAR Hiroshima Women's Leadership Programme for Afghanistan

UNITAR Hiroshima
Women's Leadership Programme for Afghanistan:
Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals

Applications close 15 June

The 2018 UNITAR Hiroshima Women's Leadership Programme for Afghanistan: Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals is a new training programme designed to empower junior- to mid-level young female professionals from all sectors in Afghanistan. Supported by the people and Government of Japan, the programme comprises of two workshops in Kabul and Japan.

The programme aims to empower women leaders, with the understanding that "there is no peace without development, there is no development without peace, and there is no lasting peace or sustainable development without respect of human rights and the rule of law." The programme will build participants’ understanding of good governance and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a particular focus on SDG 5 – Gender Equality. The programme will allow for focused engagement to take place exploring key elements of gender equality, governance, the SDGs, and leadership in the context of Afghanistan. The programme's interactive presentations and practical exercises will be augmented by study tours to examine lessons learned from Hiroshima’s experiences. Through the programme, participants’ will be equipped with the conceptual knowledge and practical know-how to design and deliver projects and policies focused on gender equality and empowerment to support Afghanistan as it seeks to rebuild and strengthen itself.

See what participants have to say about our other programmes: www.unitar.org/hiroshima/focus-fellows

Call for Applications

Applications are now open and will close 15 June 2018. 

The 20 participants will be chosen through a rigorous selection process, including an online application form and an interview.

Please refer to the Call for Applications for more information on the application and process: Call for Applications Document (PDF, 600KB)

Note: UNITAR does not charge any fee to apply, nor is there a cost involved to participate in this programme.


This programme is open to women from Afghanistan and is targeted at junior to mid-level young professionals. We seek to have participants from a broad range of organizations, including government ministries and bodies, universities, the private sector, civil society organizations and the media. Participants from the provinces are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Educational Background
    • ​At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree or at least three (3) years of working experience.
  • Language and Computer Skills
    • Excellent working knowledge of spoken and written English.
    • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office.
  • Supervisor's Commitment
    • Participants must secure their supervisors’ written support for involvement in the programme.
    • Please use the provided “Letter of Supervisor Support” template, which requires approval and signatures from your immediate supervisor, as well as your Director / HR Director / Executive Director / Deputy Minister.
  • Availability
    • Participants are required to attend and actively participate in workshops, interact with each other and Resource Persons, and complete all readings and assignments.
    • Attendance at all training sessions is mandatory.
    • Participants must hold a valid passport (valid until at least March 2019) and be able to travel overseas unaccompanied.
    • Participants must commit to the programme, including 10 days of on-site training plus travel time.

How to Apply

  1. Read the Call for Applications document carefully. It is available here: Call for Applications (PDF, 600KB)
  2. Draft your responses to the application short-response questions. Responses should be between 100 to 200 words.
    1. Why do you want to participate in this programme?
    2. Please tell us how you will implement the learning from the programme in your workplace and/or community.
    3. Please tell us how your organization is engaged with the SDGs. How can you and your organization contribute to the SDGs? Please give at least one specific example.
    4. How does gender affect your work?
    5. Your profile – introduce your work and study experience.
  3. Prepare the required documents
    1. Copy of your passport
      1. Make sure to include both pages, showing your photo and signature.
      2. Make sure it is valid until at least March 2019
    2. Colour passport-style photograph (head and shoulders)
    3. Letter of Supervisor Support
      1. This must be signed by your immediate supervisor as well as, depending on what kind of organization you work for, your Director / HR Director / Executive Director / Deputy Minister  
  4. Apply online here.

Apply Now!

Please refer any questions to the contact persons listed in the Call for Applications.